Health & Fitness
Muscle Evolution

Muscle Evolution January - February 2015

Muscle Evolution is South Africa's leading resource for weight training, competition news and reviews, supplementation and nutrition. Established in 2003, Muscle Evolution has built a loyal following among the passionate local bodybuilding community. Muscle Evolution offers locally relevant, in-depth and informative content in innovative, progressively-designed features that are written by SA’s top bodybuilders, coaches and industry experts, to deliver a comprehensive and compelling read for competitive and aspiring bodybuilders, and serious gym-goers alike.

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3 min.
bigger isn’t always better

An athlete’s success in this industry used to be all about his or her physique. There are still a few contests where you’re judged solely on the strengths of your body, but the sport is evolving rapidly. If you intend to develop and build a career from bodybuilding or fitness then you have to start looking at yourself as a brand – a complete package, not just a physique. In this regard social media has become a double-edged sword. To promote yourself you need to be everywhere these days, building up a following and keeping in touch with what’s going on in the sport, both locally and internationally. The problem is that if you wish to become recognised in the community, and not just on the stage, then you have to…

4 min.
muscle news

FITMARK SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCHES NEW SHIELD SERIES The Shield LG is taking meal management bags to the next level. It is lightweight and portable, with tough polyester nylon and a heavy-duty, padded and removable shoulder strap. Easily organise your meals with five large seal-tight containers, two cool packs (one that is TSA approved), a custom vitamin and protein mix dispenser, and two expandable exterior pockets for your water bottle, protein bars and fruit. There’s even a place to hang your keys. The back exterior includes a luggage connector and sleeve for your journal and magazine. The Shield LG comes with the Fitmark swivel-action centre divider that pivots for maximum organisation. The Shield makes it simple to go to work, hit the gym and still have a healthy meal eight hours later.…

1 min.
m.e people

M.E People is a forum for our readers to share their photos. Whether it has been your dream to see yourself in a bodybuilding magazine, you have some healthy competition with friends or simply need to keep yourself accountable, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the M.E People theme each edition. You have put in the hard work - now share it with likeminded people all over the country. This forum is where we give our readers a platform to communicate visually and be part of Team Muscle Evolution. Follow us on Twitter (@muscleevomag) and Facebook (muscleevolution-southafrica’snumber1bodybuildingmagazine) to be first to send your photos in for the next edition! The address to send photos is info@muscleevolution.co.za ALL PHOTOS, NAMES AND SPELLING AS SUPPLIED BY READERS. MUSCLE EVOLUTION ACCEPTS…

5 min.
ask m.e

STEAM BATHS Q I would like to find out what your thoughts are on going for a steam bath or sauna at the gym. I'm a ware that it’s beneficial in many ways in terms of sweating out toxins, but is it counterproductive in terms of sweating out important nutrients and minerals? When would you suggest that I steam bath or sauna as I’m doing it four times a week after gym sessions? Is it bad or will it minimise my gains by going it so frequently? Darren Bedier A I have personally never made use of the sauna or steam room at the gym in my pursuit of a better, more muscular physique. Furthermore, in my 20 years of competitive bodybuilding I’ve never come across a successful physique athlete or bodybuilder…

2 min.
tech gear

BEATS BY DR DRE POWER-BEATS2 WIRELESS Beats by Dr Dre introduces you to the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones, which have been specifically created for athletes. The headphones are compact and lightweight, and come with flexible ear hooks that provide a comfortable and secure fit. The headphones also pair easily with Bluetooth-enabled devices, and have a no-slip grip in-line mic for remote calls, as well as a rechargeable 6-hour battery. They are also sweat and water resistant. Available through Phoenix Distribution at all major retail stores nationwide for R2,999. GoPro Hero4 The new Hero4 Black offers twice the performance of the previous Black Edition GoPro, featuring a variety of high speed video capture options. The Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with twice the dynamic range of previous models.…

6 min.
receptor down-regulation

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY WHEN DRINKING A CUP OF COFFEE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AGES YOU SEEM TO GET A MUCH HARDER ‘KICK’ THAN WHEN YOU CONTINUOUSLY DRINK IT FOR DAYS, OR MONTHS ON END? THE SAME APPLIES TO A FAT BURNER OR A PRE-WORKOUT THAT CONTAINS CAFFEINE. It’s because the body builds up a resistance to caffeine, the active ingredient within all these products. With that said, it’s not just caffeine that does this in the body. There are a wide variety of products out there that contain substances that we can develop tolerances to, some legal and others not so. To help you achieve the greatest effect from the supplements you use to boost your performance and reach your goals (or simply enjoy the same caffeine kick from…